Hundreds of cyclists hit the road from Cork’s City Hall today in an effort to raise funds for Chernobyl Children International.
Friday 17th June, 2011: Hundreds of cyclists hit the road from Cork’s City Hall today in an effort to raise funds for Chernobyl Children International. The 420 strong group will be cycling from Cork to Galway in a bid to raise over €200,000 for projects in Chernobyl. Cycling legend Sean Kelly is accompanying them for the first leg of the 130 mile long journey as far as Limerick. Adi Roche, Chernobyl Children International, and Cork Lord Mayor, Michael O’Connell, along with children visiting from Belarus were at City Hall to see the cyclists on their way.
The cycle has grown from a small group of originally 60 Pfizer employees in 2003 to 420 cyclists from all over the country who participated today. Since its inception nine years ago, the cycle has raised in excess of €700,000 for various projects in Chernobyl including the building of child day care centres in the Belarussian towns of Zhitkovitchi and Petrikov and three medical vehicles used at the care centres and other medical facilities in Belarus. Last year funds provided the means for major renovation in the Adult Mental Institution in Soltanovka, Belarus. So far the initiative has renovated the high dependency accommodation block interior, renovated several rooms in the main block, built therapeutic woodwork and metal workshops, a sewing room and a fully equipped Gymnasium. The next phase of the project is to insulate the outside of the high dependency block to protect the improvements made inside. This is expected to be completed in September of this year.
Over the course of the two day cycle the 420 cyclists will consume 2,400 bananas, 10 boxes of oranges, 2,500 bars of chocolate, 2000 litres of water, 2,000 bottles of isotonic sports drinks and 2,400 sandwiches. The group will cycle 130 miles over today and tomorrow, following a route through Mallow and Charleville, with an overnight in Limerick, then onto Ennis and Gort before arriving in Eyre Square on Saturday evening.
Ms Adi Roche, CEO, Chernobyl Children International (CCI), said; “The Pfizer Chernobyl Charity Cycle continues to be our biggest source of fundraising. It is truly inspiring to see so many people take the time to fundraise and participate in the cycle particularly when money is so tight. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster but children and their families continue to live with the legacy of the world’s worst environmental disaster. Money raised from this cycle will make such a tangible difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves’.
Geraldine O’Connor, Public Affairs and Media Relations Manager, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland, said; “Pfizer is dedicated in our support of this worthy project. Each year the cycle reinforces the generosity of participants both in offering their time and in fundraising for CCI. I wish all the participants an enjoyable and fun cycle.”
Published: 29th June 2011.